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How do you know if you have a herniated disc?

When you are involved in a car crash, you could suffer a blow to the spine. This could be a shattering force that destroys discs in your back or leaves the vertebrae crushed or dislocated.

Unfortunately, if the spinal cord is involved, then you could have serious symptoms such as paralysis or organ dysfunction. Those symptoms could be life-threatening in some instances.

Among the spinal injuries that you could suffer, one of the most common is a herniated disc. This happens when the soft center part of the disc cracks open and leaks. The pressure caused by the leak can impact the nerves and their roots, which may then cause symptoms.

Some common symptoms of this condition include:

  • Sharp, burning pain that radiates
  • Tingling or numbness in the arms or legs
  • Muscle weakness near the site of the injury (usually lower than the point of injury)

Sometimes, patients won't have symptoms at all. In those cases, the issue may be discovered when treating other spinal issues or getting an exam after the motor vehicle crash.

What kinds of tests will identify issues with the spine?

Some tests that are commonly used to identify if you have a spinal injury. These may include:

  • Computerized tomography scans
  • X-rays
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Evoked potential testing (which measures nerve signals sent through the body)

With these tests and good medical care, you'll be able to see what kind of injury you have. Then, your attorney will be able to help you seek compensation for the injuries that you've suffered in the collision so you have the right financial support.

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